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Catalogue of Islamic Seals and Talismans

A catalogue of seals and talismans housed at the Ashmolean from the 8th to 19th century Islamic world, by Ludvik Kalus (published Oxford, 1986).

Islamic Seals and Talismans by Ludvik Kalus

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Oval bezel amulet with thuluth and nasta’liq inscription and concentric circle decoration

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  • Literature notes

    Brownish jasper; bezel, bevelled towards the front; oval. The inscription is found on the central oval ground (A), within two concentric oval lines, and on the border (B), surrounded on its outer edge by two oval lines. In the central ground (A): one line, in relief on hatched ground; in the border (B): one line, engraved. Cursive script.

    A - Oh Sufficient in difficulties! يا كافي المهمات
    B - 'In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Say: "He is God, One, God the Everlasting Refuge, who has not begotten, and has not been begotten, and no one is equal to Him." ' (Qur. CXII) بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم قل هو الله احد الله الصمد لم يلد ولم يولد ولم يكن له كفوا احد

    There are some groups of dots spread over the ground.
  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia India (possible place of creation)
    Asia Iran (possible place of creation)
    Asia India (possible place of purchase)
    Date
    probably 18th - 19th century (1701 - 1900)
    Material and technique
    jasper, bevelled and incised
    Dimensions
    2.2 x 3.3 x 0.5 cm (height x width x depth)
    Material index
    inorganicmineralsilicaquartz jasper,
    inorganicstonesilicaquartz jasper,
    Technique index
    cut,
    Object type index
    No. of items
    1
    Credit line
    Lent by the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.
    Accession no.
    LI1008.36
  • Further reading

    Kalus, Ludvik, Catalogue of Islamic Seals and Talismans (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986), no. 1.73 on pp. 85-86, pl. II.1.73

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  • Islamic Seals and Talismans by Ludvik Kalus

    Catalogue of Islamic Seals and Talismans

    Brownish jasper; bezel, bevelled towards the front; oval. The inscription is found on the central oval ground (A), within two concentric oval lines, and on the border (B), surrounded on its outer edge by two oval lines. In the central ground (A): one line, in relief on hatched ground; in the border (B): one line, engraved. Cursive script.

    A - Oh Sufficient in difficulties! يا كافي المهمات
    B - 'In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Say: "He is God, One, God the Everlasting Refuge, who has not begotten, and has not been begotten, and no one is equal to Him." ' (Qur. CXII) بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم قل هو الله احد الله الصمد لم يلد ولم يولد ولم يكن له كفوا احد

    There are some groups of dots spread over the ground.
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